Friday, November 17, 2017
Events

YouTube's Minecraft sensation Dan TDM brings live show to Clearwater

RECOMMENDED READING


Dan Middleton's YouTube channel has had more than 10 billion views since 2012.

For some perspective, that means it has been watched more than all five Super Bowls over that same time period combined. Way more.

Middleton, better known as Dan TDM, may not be a household name yet, but he's one of YouTube's brightest stars and biggest successes. For five years, he's mixed real-world video footage with gameplay from the video game Minecraft to draw a giant audience of kids and parents.

Now he's bringing his first-ever live tour to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall to see if the pug-filled, evil-twin-inhabited digital world he's created will translate beyond the Internet.

"You'll see quite a few of the characters from YouTube, like scientist Dr. Trayaurus and my evil twin, Evil Dan," Middleton said.

And yes, that includes the pugs, which appear in the show, but are also Middleton's real-life pets.

"We love them because they're quite lazy so it gives me ample time to make videos," he said. "I won't say they don't bug me, but they're just really great at chilling out."

The storyline for the stage show involves Dan TDM being kidnapped by Evil Dan, who gives him a series of gaming challenges. During some of those games, the entire audience participates from their seats. At other points, some audience members are brought on stage.

There's a giant screen where the gaming happens, which includes a level custom designed for the live show by the online social gaming platform Roblox. It usually goes smoothly, but Middleton concedes that when you're playing a game live in front of an audience, "unexpected things can happen."

It's a busy time for Middleton. Late last year he released his first graphic novel, Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal, and he wants to do another one. He continues to release daily content on YouTube while he's traveling for the tour, lugging hard drives worth of material around with him, and even filming and editing in planes and hotel rooms along the way.

"I just love what I do I guess. I think you have to, in order to have a crazy schedule like this," he said. "But I just find it really enjoyable."

 
Comments
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 19

Randy Newman: The legendary Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning singer-songwriter is known for hits like Feels Like Home, You’ve Got a Friend in Me and Sail Away. Every ticket purchased includes a physical or digital copy of his forthcoming album Dark ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 18

CraftArt Festival: More than 120 fine craft artists from around the country will be on hand for this annual street festival with a children’s activity tent and an artists’ demonstration tent. From ceramic artists throwing on the wheel to glass blowin...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Christmas in downtown Tampa as Winter Village ice rink opens

Christmas in downtown Tampa as Winter Village ice rink opens

If Florida’s sunny skies haven’t put you in the fall and winter spirit yet, Tampa’s annual Winter Village is opening tonight in Curtis Hixon Park.Every year the Tampa Downtown Partnership helps roll out the outdoor rink and rental skates near the Riv...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 17

Ice Skating at Tampa’s Winter Village: Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by ice skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. Stop by the cafe for themed drinks and holiday snacks. 4 p.m., Curt...
Published: 11/16/17
Comfort foods, entertainment highlight Mac and Cheese Festival

Comfort foods, entertainment highlight Mac and Cheese Festival

SPRING HILL — With all its cheesy goodness, it’s no wonder macaroni and cheese is considered one of the country’s top comfort foods. And what better way to celebrate it than to create a festival around it?Say Cheese Please 4 Grilled Cheese Promotions...
Published: 11/16/17
Artist James Rosenquist put Tampa on the map. See his work at USF.

Artist James Rosenquist put Tampa on the map. See his work at USF.

James Rosenquist put Tampa on the art world map, literally. His 1974 lithograph Tampa-New York 1188, created at the University of South Florida’s printmaking workshop, Graphicstudio, brought Tampa to the notice of first-rank museums, collectors, crit...
Published: 11/16/17
No Thanksgiving plan? Head to one of these Tampa Bay restaurants for traditional feasts and more

No Thanksgiving plan? Head to one of these Tampa Bay restaurants for traditional feasts and more

You realize Thanksgiving is just a week away, right? No pressure. If you don’t have a holiday game plan for Nov. 23, let’s do this thing. There are still a bunch of options, many traditional Thanksgiving repasts and some a little less conventional. C...
Published: 11/16/17
A St. Petersburg artist created the labels for this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine release

A St. Petersburg artist created the labels for this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine release

Every year, there are bad things we can count on: taxes and death. And good things: Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November and on the Thursday before, the Beaujolais nouveau arrives. What is less predictable is just how this vin de l’ann...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 16

Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival: This annual competition brings master sand sculptors who work for hours to build works of art using 150 tons of sand. This year, artists come from Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore, Russia, ...
Published: 11/15/17
What’s on stage this week: Benji Brown, ‘No Man’s Land’ on screen, Florida Orchestra does Bruch

What’s on stage this week: Benji Brown, ‘No Man’s Land’ on screen, Florida Orchestra does Bruch

KIKI OR BUST: BENJI BROWNWherever Benji Brown goes, Kiki follows. The comic, known for his work on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, created the fast-talking female character on the fly when he called a girl’s house in high school and her boyfriend pic...
Published: 11/15/17